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Posted Monday 9 December 2013
A Kingston University-led consortium has been awarded £1.85 million Government funding for a major project that will encourage more students to progress on to postgraduate study in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) is a significant boost for the £2.7 million project, which has also attracted contributions from other stakeholders.
The HEFCE grant is part of its new £25 million Postgraduate Support Scheme that will provide work placements and financial and pastoral support to more than 2,800 students at 40 universities across England. A key aim of the scheme is to encourage students who would not otherwise progress to this level to take up masters study. HEFCE has selected 20 universities to lead specific projects with partners that include other higher education institutions and employers....
Posted Monday 18 November 2013
An aeronautics student from Kingston University has been recognised as one of engineering's brightest young talents after winning the Leader of Tomorrow category at the prestigious 2013 Automotive Supply Chain awards.
Final year Master of Engineering student Sabine Brosch was nominated for the honour after applying the skills she has been honing during her degree to the University's Formula Student electric racing car project. "The first I knew about the awards was when I got an email in the summer from one of my lecturers saying I'd been put forward. The news I'd won took me completely by surprise," Sabine said. "The KU e-racing project wasn't connected to my course work, but the whole process of designing and building a prototype for an electric racing car with other students with similar interests really appealed to me, so I jumped at the chance to get involved."...
Leading human rights lawyer Leslie Thomas predicts Mark Duggan ruling will be watched the world over
Posted Friday 15 November 2013
The outcome of the inquest into the death of Mark Duggan, which sparked the London riots in August 2011, will be watched by the whole world, a leading lawyer has predicted.
Leslie Thomas, who graduated from Kingston University in 1988, was speaking after returning to his alma mater to be named an Honorary Doctor of Laws. He is representing the Duggan family at the inquiry into the shooting by police officers on 4 August two years ago. The incident was a catalyst for rioting across London which spread to other parts of England and pictures of the city - due to host the Olympic Games just one year later - in flames were beamed around the world....
Posted Tuesday 12 November 2013
An archaeology team led by a Kingston University academic has delved back into a Neolithic site at Damerham, Hampshire, and uncovered a sink hole of material that may hold vital information about the plant species thriving there 6,000 years ago.
Dr Helen Wickstead said the find was completely unexpected and had initially confused the team digging on the farmland. This is the sixth year of the project at Damerham, about 15 miles from Stonehenge, with four areas of the temple complex excavated during the summer. The surprise came in the largest of the openings, approximately 40 metres long, where careful extractions revealed a layer of uncharacteristic orange sand and clay. Typically the archaeological survey would involve mapping and cataloguing such finds as bone, pottery and tool-making waste fragments....
Creative Kingston University entrants earn acclaim in competition capturing Sir Winston Churchill's passion for painting
Posted Thursday 24 October 2013
Best known as one of Britain's greatest wartime leaders, Sir Winston Churchill's lesser-known passion for oil painting is still inspiring young artists almost half a century after his death. Now, Kingston University is celebrating the success of two finalists in a prestigious annual art prize named after the former British Prime Minister.
MA Illustration graduate Carl Hoare and final-year BA (Hons) Fashion student Stefanie Tschirky were among an elite group of eight contenders for the 2013 Pentland Winston Churchill Design Award, run in collaboration with leading creative graduate network Arts Thread. Students and recent graduates from across the United Kingdom were invited to create a piece of two-dimensional art that encapsulated the relevance of Sir Winston Churchill to life in Britain today....
Posted Thursday 24 October 2013
While some students spend their summer break having a holiday or picking up part-time work, Maura Struppl, a final year Forensic Science and Investigative Analysis BSc(Hons) student, chose to spend more than a month in Tennessee at a body farm examining human remains.
Maura applied for a coveted place at the Forensic Anthropology Centre in Knoxville and was accepted on to three different courses - field methods, human identification and forensic taphonomy.
"The centre is a world leader in its field," Maura said. "It was established in 1981 by Dr William Bass, who is very well respected and runs courses for outside students once a year with only around five students per course. Candidates all over the world apply for these few spaces.The centre trains law enforcement officers, FBI agents and coroners in scene-of-crime skills and techniques."
The centre has an outdoor facility where donated bodies are buried or left in conditions that may represent a crime scene. It also houses the Bass Collection, the donated skeletal remains of around 1,000 individuals that are curated with every injury and illness catalogued.
"The courses the centre runs were different to anything I have done before. There is only so much a university in London can do with specimens, but out there we are able to handle bones, examine and compare them from a vast selection. It was invaluable for learning to determine the difference of fragmented bones, often very small, between human and animal bones.
"We also learnt how to approach and handle a crime scene as well as how to treat a site, for example as mass-grave or as an archaeological site."
Maura worked as a criminal lawyer in her native Brazil, then as a revenue analyst for the Hilton Hotel for many years in the UK. After leaving hospitality, she decided to return to study in a field that would allow her back into an aspect of criminal law. But how can someone go from those environments to a body farm?
"I had read and prepared a lot before I went so I wasn't too daunted seeing skeletal remains and bodies," Maura explained. "It's actually easier for me than, say, being a paramedic as they work under pressure to save people's lives. In a real crime scene scenario, when someone is already dead, all you can think of is that you are there for the victim and that you have a very important job to do in finding out the circumstances of the person's death. In the case of the body farm, you are there for research and you have an utmost respect for that person for donating their body to science."
Maura is using her work at the body farm for her dissertation in which she hopes to develop methods for better determining the sex of children's skeletal remains.
- Find out more about studying forensic science at Kingston University.
Kingston University receives major Arts and Humanities Research Council funding boost for doctoral studies
Posted Friday 18 October 2013
Kingston University is a member of two consortia that have been awarded a total of £15.9m by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to fund more than 200 postgraduate students in London and the south east. Both a new Doctoral Training Partnership – TECHNE – and the establishment of the London Doctoral Design Consortium (LDOC) will bring together leading academic institutions, cultural organisations and industry partners to provide innovative postgraduate training and support for the next generation of researchers.
TECHNE, derived from the Greek work for craft, will address the national need for highly skilled researchers in disciplines across the arts and humanities and allow students to benefit from the diverse training opportunities and the expertise of all members. The partnership, led by Royal Holloway, also includes the University of Brighton, the University of Roehampton, the Royal College of Art, the University of Surrey and the University of the Arts London. It will be enhanced by placements and collaborations with 13 arts and cultural organisations, including the Barbican, the Natural History Museum, the British Film Institute, the Science Museum and the Museum of London....
Posted Friday 18 October 2013
A recent Kingston Business School graduate has been nominated for a special achievement award which honours academic excellence among young black people.
The annual London Schools and the Black Child (LSBC) Awards was set up 10 years ago by MP Diane Abbott, who has continued to campaign on the issue of poor attainment for black and minority children in schools....